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Mount Rainier National Park Announces Temporary Closure of Carbon River Area

An orange barrier and half of a metal gate block access to a former road that has collapsed into a river.
The road washed out at the park boundary.

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News Release Date: November 15, 2021

Contact: Kevin Bacher, 360-569-6567

Deputy Superintendent Kevin Skerl today signed an emergency regulation closing parts of the Carbon River area of Mount Rainier National Park. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Carbon River Trail and all attached trailheads are closed to public entry. 

The closure is due to erosion by the Carbon River, which has washed out the start of the Carbon River Road at the park boundary, and due to continued heavy precipitation, high river levels, and unstable trail conditions. At present, there is no safe way to access the Carbon River Trail, Rainforest Loop Trail, Green Lake Trail, or Chenuis Falls Trail, or the Ipsut Creek Campground (closure map). 

The Fairfax Forest Reserve Road has been partially washed out just west of the Carbon River Entrance since last winter, but enough of the road had remained in place to allow safe access. The remainder of the road eroded away on Friday November 12. 


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Last updated: November 15, 2021

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